3/21/15: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

March 21st, 2015, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: The Nile Project @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. The multi-cultural, 12-piece, all-star, African band comes to Troy in support of their album, Aswan. 7pm. $15; $10 student/low income. ALSO a free workshop on “Civic Engagement and the Management of Water Resources” from 3-5pm and a free community potluck dinner from 5-6:30pm. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: The Dustin Mele Memorial Concert @ Revolution Hall at Brown’s Brewing Co., Troy. The all-star line-up of Local 518 bands includes Emerald City, Tony Perrino’s Killer B, the Chris Busone Band, the Ernie Williams Band, Soul Sky, Super 400, the Blue Machine, Jocamo, Bluz House Rockers and more donating their talent to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 6pm. $10 minimum donation. GO HERE for more info…

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MUSIC: Michele Rosewoman’s New Yor-Uba @ The Egg, Albany. With her nine-piece New Yor-Uba band, Michele Rosewoman celebrates 30 years of Cuban jazz in America blending modern jazz, sophisticated funk, dynamic electric fusion and elements of Cuban folkloric music, to create a distinct musical experience. 8pm. $28. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Zammuto @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. From his days as a founding member of luminary art rockers the Books to his equally arresting and madcap work as a solo artist, the imagination of Nick Zammuto is boundless. When he takes the stage with his eponymous ensemble Zammuto, it’s hard to know for sure what will happen — but it’s safe to say you should show up. With Gotye, the three-time Grammy Award-winner for his smash hit, “Somebody That I Used to Know.” 8pm. $24; $8 students. GO HERE for more info…

THEATER: “Peter and the Starcatcher” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The five-time Tony Award-winning musical – the hilarious, swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan – brings Neverland to the Electric City for one day only. 2 & 8pm. $20, $35, $45 & $55.

MUSIC: Ellis Paul @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The singer-songwriter lands in the Spa City in support of his 19th album, Chasing Beauty, which was produced by Sugarland’s Kristian Bush. 7pm. $26. Also he plays a FREE kids concert at 3pm.

MUSIC: Mustard’s Retreat @ the Eighth Step at Proctors Undergound, Schenectady. The Ann Arbor folk duo returns to the Step. 7:30pm. $26 & $28.

READING: Barry B. Longyear @ Mabee Farm Historic Site, Rotterdam Junction. The Schenectady County Historical Society welcomes the award-winning science-fiction author for a reception, reading and book signing in conjunction with the grand opening of the new exhibit, “It Came From Schenectady: Science Fiction in the Capital Region.” 3pm. $5.

MUSIC: Hot Mayonnaise @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. With Private Parts, Stowaways and Black Ships. With Jeff the Drunk as emcee. 8pm.

THEATER: “Souvenir” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, the comedy with heart is based on the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, who rose to fame for her annual, sold-out, opera recitals at the Ritz Carlton. Crowds went wild when she tackled the most difficult arias. The only trouble was that she could not sing. Not a note. 3 & 8pm. $20-$60. Through Sunday. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Formula 5 @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With Capital Zen and the Other Brothers. 9pm. $10; $15 if under age 21.

MUSIC: Johnny & Annie @ the Madison Theater, Albany. One-half of Annie & the Hedonists. With No Mo Jelly. 8pm. $8.

MUSIC: Diet Cig @ the Half Moon, Hudson. With PWR BTTM abd Earl Boykins. 8pm.

THEATER: “Chicago: The Musical” @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. The longest running American musical in Broadway history lands on the Palace stage… live. 2 & 8pm. $38, $48, $58 & $68.

MUSIC: The North & South Dakotas @ Rustic Barn, Troy. 9pm.

BURLESQUE: Bing Bamboo Room Burlesque @ the Low Beat, Albany. Hosted by the one and only Guy Smiley. Doors open at 7pm. $15.

MUSIC: The Bluebillies @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. 8pm.

THEATER: “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” @ Schenectady Light Opera Company, Schenectady. Brandon Jones directs the jukebox musical chockfull of classic rock & roll and R&B songs from the pens of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. 8pm. $22 & $28. Through March 29.

MUSIC: Frank Jaklitsch @ Cafe NOLA, Schenectady. 6:30pm.

THEATER: “Peter Pan” @ Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. The Circle Theatre Players serve up the classic battle between Peter Pan (Nessa Corcoran) and Captain Hook (Mark Wilson), directed by Jan Nielsen. 8pm. $16; $10 under age 18. Through Sunday, March 29.

MUSIC: The David Caldwell-Mason Trio @ Castle Street Cafe, Great Barrington. 9pm.

MUSIC: Forthlin Road @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9pm. FREE.

OPERA: “Three Little Pigs” @ Saratoga Springs Public Library, Saratoga Springs. Opera Saratoga’s Opera-To-Go program provides youth with an all-too-rare opportunity to experience the visceral thrill of the live performing arts, up close and personal. 11am. FREE.

COMEDY: Kevin Downey Jr. @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. With Joe Pontillo. 8:30pm. $18.

MUSIC: The Big Takeover @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. A reggae dance party. With Royal Khaoz and Fillet of Soul. 9pm. $15.

MUSIC: Take 2 @ The Linda, Albany. Southern Vermont identical twins Adrian and Julian Woodrow sing and play ukulele, guitar and piano. Maybe you’ve seen them on “The X-Factor” or “The Voice” or YouTube, where they’ve racked up more than 2.3 million hits. This concert caps off their Local 518 school tour in support of their debut album, End of the Night. 7pm. $10 (includes poster).

MUSIC: Fifth Harmony @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. “The X-Factor” alum bring the Reflection tour to town. With Jacob Whitesides, Jasmine V and Mahogany Lox. 7pm. $32. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out.

MUSIC: The Random Concept @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. The improvisational psychedelic band was founded in 1965, and three of the original members (including Gary Higgins) carry on the musical legacy. With Pigeons. 8pm. $7.

MUSIC: Good Sir @ Brown’s Brewing Co., Troy. 9:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The The Band Band @ the Falcon, Marlboro. The Band tribute band. 7pm. Donation encouraged.

FILM: Rosa Barba’s “The Color Out of Space” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. While transforming EMPAC’s 8th Street façade into an outdoor cinema that uses the solar system as source material for a speculative film, a site-specific artwork for the Hirsch Observatory will connect the two buildings across campus. 8pm. FREE. ALSO at 8pm on March 28.

MUSIC: E.J. Hopeck @ Carney’s Tavern, Ballston Lake. 7pm.